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chim chim cha boo 7:14 Thu Jun 29
Tipping culture in the Americas- advice please.
On holiday in a lovely hotel in Costa Rica.

I'm fully aware that the worst tippers in the world are the British and Germans. We want to know up front how much things are and it fucks with our sense of knowing how much stuff is.

It's difficult for me as my missus (middle class) doesn't want to leave big tips and me (working class) wants to tip big. I've actually been bollocked in Africa by a pal's missus for tipping big as it 'ruins it for everyone else'.

So what's the mo when it comes to tipping, you well-traveled cunts?

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Darby_ 5:55 Fri Jun 30
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Nurse Ratched 8:01 Thu Jun 29
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It's far from virtue. It's GUILT and gaucheness (is that a word?). But why don't middle class people feel it too?
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The more money people have, the less generous they tend to be.

https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/hidden-motives/201008/why-are-the-poor-more-generous

Claret Badger 5:47 Fri Jun 30
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look at the sales tax it's normally the same as that

or

15%

Northern Sold 11:34 Fri Jun 30
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Ha Ha Ha... Oh Gavvy.. are you BANNED from the US?? Oh it all makes sense now....

greenie1 11:23 Fri Jun 30
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Surely, prior to going to other countries, people look into if you have to tip or not??

Sydney_Iron 8:00 Fri Jun 30
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If im in the UK/Australia/Asia I just round up when paying, the bill is $18.50, I pay $20, if im in the USA as much as I don’t like it with there system of adding everything to what you think is the price or expecting a certain amount of tips based on the bill, I just go with the flow and after few days you can pretty much gauge the full cost, and given im most likely on holiday anyway, im not going to let worrying about how much the local tax or tip is going to be every time I buy something, a beer is $5 but my bill has it as $6 when the tax/tip/gratuity or whatever is added im not worried or feel ripped off, different country’s different cultures etc,

Private Dancer 4:16 Fri Jun 30
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'what a load of old bollocks. the price of a beer is the pre sales tax price and you have to factor in a pre sales tax 20% for tips plus the sales tax to know how much you're spending''


What's it like to know about fucking everything?

Gavros 2:16 Fri Jun 30
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*rucks. I've never been in a duck.

Gavros 2:15 Fri Jun 30
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The flight I bought last night to Tanzania....200 quid tax. 180 quid for the plane journey. So I'm guessing maybe 30 quid for the actual pilots of the plane? So yeah fuck that. Cheeky American wankers as ever. Why bother going to that shithole....especially when you aren't allowed in just because you got into a few ducks 20 years ago. And because, like me, you're a black man.

BRANDED 1:56 Fri Jun 30
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I'd tip a seaplane pilot if my life was in danger. But, I'm guessing the pilot wants live as well?

chim chim cha boo 9:32 Thu Jun 29
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Jesus its complicated, isn't it?

I went to the Oporto pub in Covent Garden a while ago. They charged me about six quid for a pint and the cheeky cunt gave me my change on a little silver tray. This is just a common or garden boozer that I have visited infrequently for about 20 years. Funnily enough I knew exactly what to do in those circumstances- scoop the change up and give the barman a dirty look.

I don't have a problem with tipping- no, fuck that, I DO have a problem with tipping- it's too complicated.

What initiated my question was that I was reading about a photography tour to Alaska to snap bears (a trip I will NEVER be able to afford) and when the operator got to what's not included it said a ticket for a seaplane to get you to a boat. The ticket cost $550 with 'a suggested tip of $200'.

Fuck that shit! Are seaplane pilots underpaid?

Gavros 8:34 Thu Jun 29
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nychammer 8:28 Thu Jun 29

They try to charge you a service charge in shops?

BRANDED 8:28 Thu Jun 29
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I asked an Armenian Über driver if it was obligatory and he said no but you look a douche if you dont.

nychammer 8:28 Thu Jun 29
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I abhor the tipping culture but when in Rome...anyway these are my guildelines are:

Restaurants table service: 20% on pre tax amount

Food to pick up / food outelt no table service: no tip - even if the jar is out on the counter - they are selling you food over the counter, don't tip

Bars: $1 per drink, no matter the price of the drink. If it's really outrageous don't bother they are already over charging.

Shops that sell you things that you wouldn't ordinarily tip for but they Force you to choose a % tip (or zero tip) anyway when paying - do not tip these greedy bastards

Taxis - 15% unless they do you some kind of favor

Hotel porters - $1 per case (or $2 for room service) if they carry them to your room but try to give them the slip if possible.

Mike Oxsaw 8:14 Thu Jun 29
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Climbing the social ladder doesn't pay for itself, you know.

You can waste your money by giving away more than you absolutely have to in tips and gifts, or save it and leave the hoi-polloi behind to moan into their brown-and-mild.

Nurse Ratched 8:01 Thu Jun 29
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It's far from virtue. It's GUILT and gaucheness (is that a word?). But why don't middle class people feel it too?

Worst Case Ontario 7:52 Thu Jun 29
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Consider your virtue signaled, Nurse.

SWTetc

Nurse Ratched 7:48 Thu Jun 29
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"It's difficult for me as my missus (middle class) doesn't want to leave big tips and me (working class) wants to tip big"

Yes, I've noticed this phenomenon, not just in the area of tipping for service, either. Middle class people are real tightwads.

At work, when the collection envelope goes round for someone's leaving gift or birthday or maternity leave, my middle class colleagues put in a few quid and spare change, whereas I'll furtively bung in a tenner or more, depending how much I like the person. I feel guilty if I don't give something significant. Same with tipping in restaurants and minicabs.

, 7:13 Thu Jun 29
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My first trip to the US highlighted how culturally different us Europeans are to the Americans. It never occurred to me that tipping was an issue or that the burden of waiting or bar staff salary supplementation was down to me, the customer, in such an expected but unwritten way. We are so used to people who serve just doing a job and hopefully being reasonably well paid for it that US tipping etiquette comes as a surprise.

For me it's one of the things that makes America grate.

Gavros 6:47 Thu Jun 29
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what a load of old bollocks. the price of a beer is the pre sales tax price and you have to factor in a pre sales tax 20% for tips plus the sales tax to know how much youre spending. Thank fuck they stopped all this in this country when they got a grip on the computer firms which were advertising their PCs with ex-VAT pricing.

In some Asian countries you get 'plus plus plus' pricing, with the sales tax, another tax and the service charge on top. Fucking ridiculous.

hollocks 5:32 Thu Jun 29
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Oh, and only tip on the PRE- tax amount

hollocks 5:31 Thu Jun 29
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20%. Open a tab at the bar and pay the tip when yo settke up. If just getting a beer, leave a dollar or two

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